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TUESDAY OCTOBER 16, 2012                  A WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER COMPILED BY SAM GEIST

MARKETPLACE LESSONS

We've all heard H. Jackson Brown Jr's quote: 
 
"Don't say you don't have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."
 
"I realize I have the same number of hours but I really don't have enough time to get everything done that I need to do," complained my wife. "How can I do it? Any ideas?"
 
Her request came shortly after I had facilitated a panel discussion on productivity and she wanted to tap into any run-off ideas I could give her. By the end of the day the participants and panel had actually come up with a list of implementable ideas that would help to better manage their work time. I shared these five ideas with her and now with you. 
 
1.  Find out where you're wasting time.
  • Track your activities so you can form an accurate picture of what you really do. Focus on actually changing your behaviors, not changing time. A good place to start is by eliminating your personal time-wasters.

2.  Prioritize ruthlessly.

  • Start the day with a plan of what you need to accomplish, and what you would like to accomplish.

3.  Use time management tools. 

  • They'll help you to know where you're at right now and plan how you're going to get to where you want to go. 
4.  Learn to delegate.                                                                                              
  • Let other people carry some of the load.

5. Get in the habit of setting time limits for tasks.  

  • Decide how much time an activity is worth and spend your time accordingly 
You can be in control and accomplish what you want to accomplish - once you've taken control of your time.

 

 LESSON LEARNED:
 "Time is money, how much depends on how you spend it."
--Sam Geist
THE STATS

The state of the Internet.  A few stats to get you started on what's happening... and what's predicted for the near future.
  • There are more than 2 billion people globally online right now.
  • U.S. digital advertising is now over $ 30 billion.
    • this accounts for 20% of total ad spending
    • offline advertising share is 62% (77% in 2006)
    • online advertising share is 38% (23% in 2006) 
  • U.S. advertising:
                 2006      2011
    • outdoor                   6%         4%
    • radio                     11%          7%
    • print                       20%         9%
    • online                    23%       38%
    • television               41%       42%                   
--Business Insider/Harry Blodget, CEO

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As a leader, your behaviors are hugely influential on how your teams view their work, the impact they make as individuals and as a team. How you lead and interact can build or break down engagement. Here's 5 tips to unlock employee engagement.
  1. Give your time. Give our undivided attention. Take time to listen. Ask questions. Pay attention to their answers. 
  2. Look for their strengths. See each team member as an individual. Help them feel great about the progress they are making.
  3. Involve them in the process.  Ask team members for their ideas and use them. 
  4. Actions speak louder than words. The good thing is you don't need to be perfect -- just authentic. Don't be afraid to acknowledge when you or the organization makes a mistake. 
  5. Ask for help. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance or input from your team or others. Most of the time they are going to surprise you.

In today's cookie-cutter corporate world, people long for connection. Use your leadership to help create that with your team and watch them achieve more than you thought possible.

 

--Smartblog on Leadership/Gretchen Rosswurm

Click here to read the entire blog.
THE QUOTES
  
 
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
  --Bill Cosby, American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist

"In my discussion with Enterprise, they said that people who give a 'five' (out of 5 as a satisfaction rating)
are three times more likely to return than those who give a 'four,' and the people who give a 'four' are twice as likely [to come back] than [those who give lower numbers].  Below a 'four,' and you might as well forget it.  The only thing that matters is customer satisfaction."
--Mark Hoplamzian, CEO,
Hyatt Hotels

Click here to read the Knowledge@Wharton article that includes this quote.


  

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Sam Geist lectures, facilitates workshops and conducts training seminars on sales & marketing, the changing marketplace, leadership, differentiation, customer service and staff motivation.  His three books, "Why Should Someone Do Business With You... Rather Than Someone Else?" "Would You Work for You?" and "Execute... or Be Executed" are available in bookstores everywhere, published by Addington & Wentworth Inc.

 

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